JERSEY SPORTS TOUR JUNE 2015
The day started out well with a quick hop over to Saint Helier from East Midlands. On arrival we transferred smoothly to our bijoux residence, right in front the beach, for the next three nights. We exchanged our tour kits for swim wear and set off for the water park for the children to relax and play. It was a good way for all to let off steam and the slides and outdoor lazy river proved popular. We strolled back for our evening meal; stocking up on a chicken or roast lamb dish ready for an early (?) night and our first fixture, as well as an inevitable play on the beach, which quickly became our evening routine.
After a full English breakfast we were quickly on our way to ‘Creepy Valley’, Jersey’s very own high wires. Here we split into the children’s form groups so on rotation all could use the climbing wall and zip wire, fly on the ‘King’s Swing’, cling on to the high wire assault course and see who could build and balance on the tallest crate stack. Incidentally, it wasn’t Mr. Wittmann, although his fall was pretty dramatic!
Next up, it was fixture time. The boys played two games; S. Anselm’s A v De la Salle Schéol and S. Anselm’s B v Le Rocquier School, both at the Jersey Cricket Ground. Charlie C batted well to remain unbeaten on 32 out of a total of 68 from 16 overs. Le Rocquier School batted strongly as we tended to bowl too short and passed our score with several overs to spare.
In the ‘A’ game we quickly ripped into the De La Salle batting with Jack W taking four wickets in two overs, supported by Louis S, Luke D and Freddie M also taking wickets. De La Salle were reduced to 77 all out. Both Jack P and George W looked comfortable as they played themselves in and then began to crack the boundaries. Jack finally fell for 22, with George scoring the winning runs on 35 not out. A nine wicket victory.
The girls played two back to back games at the amazing Les Orme’s Sports Centre – being spoilt with a state of the art non-slip court with sprung floor, which ensured two very fast games against St. Lawrence Netball Club. The A team played like a dream, confidently winning the ball in defence (Amber H and Annie M) and centre thirds (Fran N) before whamming it down the court to Violet B and Miriam A who were able to place the ball perfectly for the unbeatable shooting combination of Sophie C and Tara O’R. The final score was 23 – 4 to us, with Sophie C being selected as player of the match.
The Bs started their game more cautiously, with a lot of end to end play from both teams; but after half time they really picked up their game and the new shooting combination of Annie M and Fran N racked up the score quickly and decisively. Jessie MM and Florence T showed improved skill and Hattie N’s work rate was impressive. It was great to see Grace T playing so well as GK, after a sledging accident had meant six months of no sport, she soon slipped back into well-timed defence mode. The final score was 20 - 6 to us, with Annie M being selected as player of the match for her superb shooting.
Our sea kayaking had to be cancelled given the strong north easterly winds, which had also given rise to all the island’s ferries being cancelled too. Instead we headed to Le Rocque Harbour where we investigated the wonderful rock pools and found out about the tidal life here including what was edible and what was to be avoided! We even had time for an ice cream and a play on the beach; there were sand sculptures galore, a number of buried children as well as some brave enough to have a swim.
After a packed lunch and some ‘interesting’ seagull behaviour we alighted for our second fixtures.
The boys played at two venues S.Anselm’s A v Victoria College and S.Anselm’s B v Les Quennevais Schéol. Russell F topped scored for our ‘B’ team with 20 in a total of 68 for 7. Les Quennevais played a range of shots to pierce our field and quickly reached our target to win the game.
The ‘A’ team played at Victoria College’s 1st XI ground, the first school on Jersey and a prestigious setting. We were put into bat and their opening bowler scourched through our first four batsmen, on a hard bouncy wicket. Jack P and Luke D held the innings together with 31 and 13 respectively. This set Victoria College a reasonable target of 117. However despite taking 3 early wickets their number four and five played some excellent shots to see them home. We had lost by 6 wickets.
The girls also played Les Quennevais School. The As met a well-trained opposition who pushed our girls in their play, making interceptions on loose passes and who had the ability to turn the play to their advantage. In the second quarter, Les Quennevais stormed into the lead, with our girls trailing by four goals at one stage; but by half time our girls had reduced this to being one goal down. It took a great deal of determination to slow the play down and return to our own game. Violet B’s fitness in centre court and Amber H’s close marking slowly but surely broke down the opposition’s play and the secondary defence right up the course ensured the score was turned over and we won a hard fought match 14 – 11. Violet B was selected by les Quennevais as our player of the match.
The Bs again started slowly, drawing at quarter and half time. Natalie G tipped a number of balls and everyone worked hard to push the ball up the court. The shooting combination of Annie M, Miriam A and Fran N shot some fantastic goals, some of which were from the edge of the D and were quite impressive. Hattie N once again showed real energy throughout the game, working hard to find spaces, ensuring the save passage of the ball up the court. Jessie MM grew in confidence in the second half to ably assist Hattie; whilst Grace and Florence were once again super in defence.The final score was 11 – 4 to us, with Hattie N being selected as player of the match by the opposition.
Our final morning on the island was spent at the Jersey War Tunnels. The Tunnels is no ordinary attraction; it is a reminder of a dark time in Jersey’s history. Dug deep into the hillside by forced and slave workers from nations across Europe, the extraordinary tunnels run over 1km in length. They now contain an underground collection of thought provoking galleries that detail Jersey’s occupation history from resistance, through to starvation, and then eventual liberation. The children were reflective on their visit and received many compliments about their behaviour and thoughtful approach.
All too quickly the tour came to a close and it was time to return to school. Jersey itself was an ideal location for a sports tour and the children were very well behaved throughout and appreciative of what they experienced.